Laser Resurfacing FAQs

Woman Getting Laser TreatmentLaser resurfacing is a skin rejuvenation procedure that helps create a smoother and healthier skin appearance. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about laser skin resurfacing.

What is laser resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing is a laser procedure that treats and rejuvenates damaged, aging skin.

How does laser resurfacing work?

During the treatment, the laser destroys the damaged outer layers of skin that have begun to show signs of aging, wrinkles, sun spots, hyperpigmentation, or acne. The ablation of the older skin layers causes the body to generate new skin cells. These new skin cells are healthier and younger, and they produce a more youthful complexion.

What can laser resurfacing fix?

Laser resurfacing can correct facial wrinkles and lines, improve sun-damaged skin, eliminate spots and pigmentation problems, tighten loose skin, and treat scars from acne, birthmarks, moles, and tattoos.

When is the right time to get laser resurfacing?

If you notice signs of damaged skin that laser resurfacing can fix, it could be the right time for this treatment. As is the case with most skin treatments, it is usually better to undergo laser resurfacing sooner than later. It may also be best to receive laser skin resurfacing treatments during the cooler seasons, where there is less exposure to potentially damaging sun rays.

What areas can be treated with laser resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing can be used anywhere on the face. Treatment may be performed on the entire face or on specific target areas, such as on wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, and forehead.

What will my laser resurfacing treatment be like?

For your treatment, your face will first be cleansed and treated with an antibiotic ointment. You may be given a local anesthetic or sedation for your comfort. Sedation is more likely if your whole face is being treated. The laser will then be used to ablate the outer layers of skin to the appropriate skin depth. Treatment can take up to two hours if your full face is being resurfaced. This treatment is an outpatient procedure, and you can return home once it is complete.

What is recovery like for laser resurfacing?

During recovery, ointments and bandages are applied to the affected areas to minimize swelling and assist with healing. The skin will appear red and may ooze, and you may experience some swelling, itching, or stinging. Oral medication can alleviate any discomfort. You will need to carefully follow postoperative instructions for wound care and cleansing the skin. Five to seven days after treatment, your skin will become dry and peel. The treated area typically heals within 10 days to three weeks after your treatment. Redness may take a few months to completely dissipate. Be sure to minimize sun exposure and use plenty of moisturizer.

Is laser resurfacing safe?

Laser resurfacing is considered safe for most skin types. Some lasers are inappropriate for darker skin complexions. If there is any concern, speak with dermatologist or Dr. Mesbahi to learn more.

Is laser resurfacing permanent?

Laser resurfacing can reduce many signs of aging and skin damage. However, the new skin will continue to age naturally. Good skin care and restricting sun exposure can help reduce future skin damage.

Is laser resurfacing painful?

Laser resurfacing is generally well tolerated, and anesthesia prevents any discomfort during the procedure. During recovery, prescribed pain medications can alleviate any discomfort.

Will laser resurfacing help me look younger?

Laser resurfacing removes the outer layers of aging, damaged skin and causes new, healthy skin to form. This will give you a more vibrant and youthful complexion.

Can I combine laser resurfacing with other treatments or procedures?

When needed, you can combine laser resurfacing with certain other facial rejuvenation treatments. Talk to your surgeon about which procedures are best for your needs.

When will I see the results?

You should begin to observe results just a few weeks after treatment. The results will continue to improve for the next several months to one year.

 
If you would like to learn more about laser resurfacing and its many benefits for the skin, request your consultation today with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi. Call 703-287-8277 or contact us online to schedule your appointment now.

shutterstock_125111810If you’re like many people, maintaining youthful looking skin is a high priority on your list. Unfortunately, prolonged exposure to the sun along with genetic factors often increase the rate of aging. Even if you follow proper skin care regimens by using sunscreen and moisturizers, it’s impossible to completely prevent your skin from aging. Luckily, cosmetic treatments, like laser resurfacing, can effectively diminish imperfections and restore a rejuvenated appearance to the skin to the face.

What are the benefits of laser resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing can noticeably improve the following conditions:

  • Sun damaged skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes
  • Blotchy skin and brown spots
  • Scars on the surface of the skin
  • Certain precancerous growths

How is laser resurfacing performed?

During the procedure, a specialized wand-like device that emits short pulses of laser light is passed over the skin. The energy in the laser is powerful enough to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin but gentle enough to not harm any of the surrounding tissues.

Is there any recovery time?

Although the treated area(s) may appear red for a few days, there is no downtime associated with this procedure. In fact, many patients return to work and their daily activities immediately after the procedure.

What are the results like?

Although a noticeable improvement is expected after just one treatment, multiple laser resurfacing sessions may be needed to obtain the best results.

To find out if you are a candidate for cosmetic laser resurfacing, we encourage you to contact Mesbahi Plastic Surgery. Call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form to get started today. As a board-certified professional, Dr. Alex Mesbahi looks forward to meeting you during your initial consultation!